How post-secondary students will live the upcoming semester?
With August right around the corner, many students are still left with a lot of questions regarding their upcoming semester and year. While some universities in Canada will partially resume some in-person classes, all Montreal Universities have announced that the majority of classes will be online, with very restricted in-person events for the fall semester. In a joint May survey by the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) and the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS), 75% of responders are worried that this remote experience will lead to a “poor learning experience”.
This new reality is forcing students to rethink their experience. Not only do online classes require an adaption, they can also induce stress and mental exhaustion. With the Covid-19 economic implications, some students have to rethink their enrollment within this new reality.
On top of the uncertainty of how long (and how exactly) post-secondary students will be studying remotely, many of them have to rethink what they planned this experience to be. Whether it’s regarding on-campus residences, international exchanges or internship opportunities, there’s no specific indication on what the “new normal” will hold for post-secondary students.